by Rev. Mauricio Ghigonetto
Higashi Honganji landed in South American a generation later than in North America and Hawaii, which perhaps explains why our growth lags. Still, it’s a reminder we face a long road ahead to grow and thrive in our South America district, especially if we want to train and ordain new ministers. Continue reading “Looking Ahead: Higashi Honganji in South America”
By Rev. Patti Nakai
Imagine a race with you leading, crossing the finish line amid loud cheers and winning the coolest of prizes. Although people may think it’s true, this does not describe spiritual enlightenment. So then what does it feel like? Continue reading “Transcending All Together”
By Rev. Noriaki Fujimori
We learn much about the Buddhist teachings by understanding the meaning behind our temple’s altar and ornaments. First, let’s be clear: Amida Buddha isn’t an idol we worship.
Continue reading “No Mud, No Lotus”
By Rev. Miki Nakura
Shakyamuni Buddha, founder of Buddhism said, “Our lifetime is filled with suffering.” He sought a path to free our selves from suffering. He experienced total calmness through deep sitting meditation, awakening to universal truth leading to spiritual freedom. I think this kind of meditation can help us overcome our differences in today’s world. Continue reading “Buddha’s World: Vast Ocean of One Taste”
By Rev. Mauricio Ghigonetto
I hear the following questions about Buddhism: “Is there reincarnation?” “What is rebirth?” “Who or what is reborn?” Let me explain according to my understanding in hopes of providing an answer. Continue reading “Parable on Rebirth”
Berkeley Obon 2018
By Rev. Ken Yamada
A crowd of people wearing Japanese clothing recently formed a circle on a Berkeley, California, street and began dancing, following the Buddhist observance “Obon.” Even more unusual, this was a gathering of two different Jodo Shinshu Buddhist groups—Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji.
For more than 30 years, the two Berkeley temples have held a joint Obon dance, each alternating as host. This tradition is ironic considering their histories rooted in conflict that resulted in their split—twice. Continue reading “Berkeley’s Unique Obon”